|The new faces of the Redskins front office General Manager Bruce Allen and Head Coach Jay Gruden|
Hail Redskins Nation!!!! Times flying by and it's less then two weeks until training camp. I know that you fans are as excited as I am to get the 2014 season underway but before we can do that we have training camp and preseason games. Not to mention cutting this 90 man roster down to the best 53 football players to help this team win. This offseason we've had some additions and subtractions to the Redskins Nation. We all know about the firing of Mike Shanahan, most of his staff and the hiring of Jay Gruden, so I'll skip all of that other nonsense. Now the buck stops with Jay Gruden as the Head Coach. With that being said I believe three new members of the coaching staff are just as important and key to the Redskins success going forward. In my humble opinion Brain Baker the Outside Linebackers Coach is one of if not the most influential hire. The next important new coach to me on the staff is Kirk Olivadotti Inside Linebackers Coach who has been a part of the Redskins Coaching Staff previously from 2000 to 2010 in many different defensive capacities. Last but most certainly not least there's Ben Kotwica Special Teams Coordinator who will bring much needed discipline (from his Army background) to this unit that desperately needed it last season. Let's learn a little about these new coaches:
|Brian Baker Outside Linebackers Coach|
|Kirk Olividatti Inside Linebackers Coach|
The Inside Linebackers Coach is Kirk Olividatti who also has a well rounded resume of college and NFL defensive coaching experience in his 14 years. Now some of Redskins Nation may remember Coach Olividatti started his NFL coaching career here in 2000 as a Defensive Quality Control/ Defensive Backs Assistant and worked his way up to Defensive Assistant working directly under the DC in 2011. Through his time here coaching he at one point or another was a coach for the defensive line, linebackers and defensive backs that ranked in the top 10 in defense and gave up the the fourth fewest yards in the NFC and seventh in the NFL throughout those seasons. With those nice stats and over a 10 year coaching tenure here he belongs to an impressive coaching club with this team called the Redskins Honor Roll of Assistant Coaches. Other notable coaches on this distinguished list are: Joe Bugel, Richie Petitbon, Larry Peccatiello, and Wayne Sevier. Coach Olividatti left here in 2011 to go the University of Georgia and coach the inside linebackers. He had success there also by helping develop talented college ILB's into NFL caliber talent such as Jarvis Jones, Akeem Dent, and Alec Olgetree. With Keenan Robinson coming off back to back injury shorten seasons, the steady but under achieving Perry Riley slated as the starters hopefully helps turn these two players into a steady and well rounded players that this team needs to be successful. With more talented depth at the ILB position he will have his hands full to develop this young linebacker corps into improved unit that can make an impact each and every game.
|Ben Kotiwica Special Teams Coordinator|
|Jay Gruden Head Coach|
Now last but definitely not least the new Head Coach of the Washington Redskins Jay Gruden. This Ex -Quarterback is a breathe of fresh air in Redskins Park and looks to have formed great relationships with his players and coaches so far. He doesn't have your typical NFL coaching background but him being a ex-QB I believe he will help the team and our young dynamic quarterback Robert Griffin III make that next step to becoming a elite team and QB in this league.
He has been around football for basically all of his life and has had ups and downs like many in this game. Most fans know his more famous brother, Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden but most don't know that Jay worked on those staffs in Tampa Bay where Jon won his title. He served as an assistant to the Offensive Coordinator, assisted on play calling, player development, and game plans for Sundays games.
This is Jay's first head coaching job in the NFL but he was a head coach in the United Football League where he started out as a Offensive Coordinator under then Head Coach Jim Haslett. Once Haslett left to come here to be the Defensive Coordinator, Jay Gruden was named the head coach and a year later he was hired to be the OC for the Cincinnati Bengals. Now the classic misconception is that Gruden is a pass happy play caller and doesn't stick with the run but if you check his three seasons in Cincinnati they were top 10 in rushing attempts all three seasons. I do expect to see an increase in pass attempts but still expect a balanced attack.
The Redskins (after a active off season) have bolstered their receiving core with the BIG acquisition of gamebreaker DeSean Jackson and the versatile former Arizona Cardinals WR Andre Roberts to play primarily in the slot. This offense has the potential to be a top 10 offensive group but the offensive line will be key and Jay has already made some adjustments there. I believe Jay will add diversity and a killer instinct to this talented but inconsistent offensive group. The thing that stands out to me about this offense is that for the first time in a long time the offense will be able to dictate to the defense how the game is gonna be played instead of the defense dictating that to the Redskins. For example if the defense puts eight defenders in the box to stop the run then the passing attack will remedy that. If the defense goes two high safeties to stop the passing game then Alfred Morris will pound them on the ground. If they go single high safety and try to bracket the outside WR's and contain the run then the middle will be soft and Andre Roberts and the second year standout TE Jordan Reed will eat defenses alive. I can't wait to see how defenses try to stop this potentially potent and deadly offense. Training camp starts in less then two weeks and we wont know how dynamic this offense will be or how good this team will be but the start of the Jay Gruden Era has been very positive and productive. I believe the Redskins and their franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III are in good hands.
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